After fixing up the home and putting it on the market, it's now time to get ready to show it off to every interested buyer. Here are six easy-to-follow tips that can help improve any home showing so buyers can focus on your Murfreesboro home's best features.
Remember Curb Appeal
The outside of the home is the first thing all buyers will see when they come to visit it. Put the home's best foot forward and keep the lawn nicely trimmed and the gardens neat and tidy. Even a little landscaping can go a long way when it comes to making a home inviting.
Hide the Pets
No one wants to walk into a home only to have an excited dog jump on them. To make visitors more comfortable, consider taking pets to a kennel for a few days until the commotion has died down. Or if the viewing is only going to take an hour or so, take them to a park or ask a friend or neighbor to look after them for the time.
When it comes to dog beds and litter boxes, these should be hidden out of sight. Not only do they often smell, but they're undeniable proof that there's a pet in the home, which may put off some buyers.
Finish All Repairs
Most homes will need at least a few small repairs done before selling. Before letting buyers see the home, make sure they're all complete. If they come into the house and see half the bathroom is ripped apart for renovation, it won't leave a good impression. Instead of being impressed that the owner is renovating, buyers will often be concerned that something must have gone wrong for the owner to start such a large project right before showing the home. To avoid this, make sure all repairs are done beforehand.
Depersonalize the Home
Before letting buyers inside, put away family photos, awards, posters, and anything that may have political or religious connotation. When buyers go to see a home, they try to imagine themselves living in that home, and taking down personal items can help them do that. Plus, it also cuts down on potential distractions that can keep buyers from noticing the home's best features. Home staging is also something to look into for sellers who want to make their home as appealing to buyers as possible.
Deodorize The Home & Add Pleasant Scents
While no potential buyer wants to walk into a home with unpleasant odors, scented candles, air freshening sprays, wax melts, and other common aromatics can cause problems for those with allergies and asthma. Instead, sellers should turn to natural ways to freshen the home instead. The easiest option is to open the windows when the weather is pleasant. Be sure to check the local forecast to make sure pollen counts are low as introducing this allergen to the indoors can cause breathing problems for some people.
If windows are not an option, it's time to employ non-toxic air fresheners. First up is baking soda, known for absorbing odors without leaving any scents behind. Place open boxes in discreet areas around the home such as refrigerators and cabinets, and sprinkle a bit into trash cans. To add a pleasant aroma to the home, baking bread or treats always makes a house smell like a home. For solutions without all the effort of baking fresh cookies, simmer some seasonal fixings in a pan of water on the stovetop instead. For example, lemon, lime, or orange peels are refreshing in warmer months while vanilla extract and cinnamon, cloves, and other spices lend a cozy atmosphere during warmer months. Essential oils can also be mixed with water and sprayed onto porous surfaces such as paper towel rolls or cotton balls to provide a fresh floral scent without adding allergens into the air.
Have a Pamphlet Available
Many buyers like to take a brochure or flyer from the home that has all the relevant information. Things to put on this sort of pamphlet include the age of all the appliances, size of the property, information about taxes, and so on. Also include a picture of the home as well so buyers will be able to recall which house it belongs to. Buyers will appreciate this pamphlet because it makes all the information easily accessible and they can reference it at any time during their home search.
Leave the Home
Finally, the last essential tip to improve a home showing is to leave the home. When buyers come to see a home, they want privacy and not to feel like the homeowners are constantly looking over their shoulders. Most agents will recommend the owner leave during the showing, and it's a good idea to follow their advice.
Following these six tips can help any home showing run smoothly. Real estate agents will also be able to give more personalized advice for every home they help sell, so don't hesitate to ask for advice.
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